Adam Metcalf
Congratulations to Adam who is the first Cumbrian boy to break the 30second barrier for SC 50m Breaststroke as a 14 year old in a time of 29.77, This makes Adam the fastest 14 year old of ALL TIME in this event across the UK, 3 weeks later he swam the event again in Sheffied in a time of 29.65 as a 15year old becoming the first 15 year old Cumbrian to break the 30 second barrier, a fantastic effort!!!

British Swimming referee's examination

Congratulations to Ray Browne (Barrow) who has passed the theory element of the BS examination. The practical element will be arranged for early in 2017.


ASA North West Para-Swimming Come & Try Event

Sunday 11th December , Manchester Aquatics Centre

This event is for swimmers wishing to compete in the Para-swimming Pathway.  Swimmers will be given the opportunity to watch the nations best Para-swimmers compete during the final session of the National Para-swimming Championships 2016 before they take to the water in a training session designed to showcase their individual ability.

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Cumbria Sports Awards 2016

On Friday 25th November at The Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere the 2016 Cumbria Sports Awards were announced. This recognises the outstanding talents, commitment and successes of teams and individuals throughout Cumbria who are involved in sport. The awards also highlight the dedication and commitment of the vast number of volunteers who make sport happen across the county. Congratulations to:

 Raymond Watson who received a Special Award

Raymond has been involved in the sport of swimming for almost 50 years in a number of roles within the Kendal Amateur Swimming Club, including coaching, secretary, fundraising, running events, supporting regional teams, as well as teaching learners to swim.

The Judging Panel also wanted to recognise his work in researching the history of the club he loves, as he has compiled volumes of photos, reports, information & memorabilia from the clubs rich past from 1886 to the present day. 

Even in his advancing years, our winner, who has now retired from poolside due to ill health, still finds time to write reports, and articles for the Westmorland Gazette for both Kendal and Ulverston Clubs. 

Eleanor Walsh for Service to Sport 2016

Eleanor has been supporting young people at Cockermouth Swimming Club for 38 years. She was a founder member of the Club, and has been the director of coaching, and secretary during this time.

For most of the year, ‘the boss’ as she is affectionately known, can be found on poolside at 6am, 7 days a week, coaching the next batch of high level swimmers to come through the clubs ranks. She can also be found at each of the Club’s gala events throughout the season, and is always encouraging and supporting all of the swimmers.

Her commitment and dedication have ensured that Cockermouth Swimming Club, and swimmers from Cumbria have been recognized on the national and international stage.

 ASANWR President 2016-17



2016 National Inter County Teams

Place Team Points
1. Scotland West 554
2. Dorset 527
3. Devon 490
4. Sussex 455
5. Worcestershire 445
6. Warwickshire 436
7. Staffordshire 385
8. Cumbria 376
9. Lincolnshire 372
10. Northamptonshire 366
11. Cambridgeshire 350
12. Norfolk 333
13. Wiltshire 309
14. Bedfordshire 266
15. Cornwall 263
16. Shropshire 236

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British Swimming Referee Training 2017


Applications for the November 2017 Referees’ Exam are now being accepted.

The pre-requisites for the course are as per last year and any prospective candidates should ensure that they are familiar with these requirements before applying. They can be found on the website at in the Referee section. The application form and list of Course Leaders is also available from that page.

Any forms received that do not have the required endorsement of County, Regional or District Co-ordinators (as per the Home Country criteria) as confirmation that the candidate meets the requirements will not be accepted. This endorsement can be supplied separately by email if it is not practical to get the application form signed.

The exam will be held on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 10am.

If there is anyone interested please contact Keith Chisholm or Martin Tickner


Fees for 2017 are:

Payable to ASA
Cat 1 - £8.90
Cat 2 - £25.50
Cat 3 - £5.00

Payable to ASANWR 

£50 per club and £5.50 per capita


Swim The Eden - update

   The Eden Swim project was completed by brothers Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson in August 2015 when they swam 90 miles down down the River Eden to raise funds in aid of the Swimming Trust.
  The swim took 9 days with the brothers swimming up to 12 miles a day. They clambered down waterfalls, over weirs and rocks to become the first people ever to swim the length of the river.

  The swim was in aid of the Swimming Trust who have been in discussion with the brothers and have decided that the best use for this income would be to focus it on improving swimming teaching in Cumbria. All the money will be put back into swimming through setting up a bursary scheme in Cumbria to help more swimming teachers gain their level 2 qualification.

The bursary scheme has been funded by £3000 from the 'Swim the Eden' project , £1000 from the Swimming Trust and £1000 (to be confirmed) from Cumbria ASA, with the intention of launching this on October 1st 2016. Further contributions may be made in the future. These funds will be 'ring fenced' by Cumbria ASA and will not be available for any purposes other than to assist the training of level 2 and above teachers/coaches. Details of the bursary scheme are available from Martin Tickner.


ASA county team championships
ASA Board statement regarding the hearing impaired
The ASA Sport Governing Board have agreed the following in relation to hearing impaired swimmers. 
Multi-classification events are only open to swimmers with an impairment which is included in the Paralympics i.e. classifications S1 to S14 inclusive. Classification S15 (Hearing Impairment) is not included in Paralympic Events.
Hearing impaired swimmers (S15) may compete in events if the meet conditions allow for S15 events.  Medals are to be awarded within this specific classification as these swimmers are not eligible to compete for medals in multi-classification events.
S15 does not have to be swum separately as the results can be extracted from the overall event.
Hearing impaired swimmers may compete in any able bodied event.  An appropriate starting signal should be agreed between the swimmer and the referee.






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